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Pitied But Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the History of Welfare

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With three-fourths of all poor families headed by women and about 54 percent of single-mother families living below the poverty line, a rethinking of the fundamental assumptions of our much-reviled welfare program is clearly necessary. Here, Linda Gordon unearths the tangled roots of AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children). Competing visions of how and to whom public aid should be distributed were advanced by male bureaucrats, black women's organizations, and white progressive feminists. From their policy debates emerged a two-track system of public aid, in which single mothers got highly stigmatized "welfare" while other groups, such as the aged and the unemployed, received "entitlements."

Gordon strips today's welfare debates of decades of irrelevant and irrational accretion, revealing that what appeared progressive in the 1930s is antiquated in the 1990s. She shows that only by shedding false assumptions, and rethinking the nature of poverty, can we advance a truly effective welfare reform.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 315-419) and index.

About the Author

Linda Gordonis Professor of History at <>New York University. She is the author of the now classic history of birth controlin America, Woman's Body, Woman's Right, and of Heroes of Their Own Lives: The Politics and History of Family Violence, winner of the Joan Kelly Prize for the bestbook in women's history.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674669826
Subtitle:
Single Mothers and the History of Welfare
Author:
Gordon, Linda Perlman
Author:
Gordon, Linda
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
Leadership
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Public welfare
Subject:
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Subject:
Single mothers
Subject:
Public welfare -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Aid to families with dependent children programs.
Edition Description:
Harvard University Press paperback ed.
Series Volume:
96-505-A
Publication Date:
19980721
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
x, 433 p.
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 1.34 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » American Studies » Poverty
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family
History and Social Science » Sociology » Poverty
History and Social Science » Sociology » Social Work

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